St John's College MS. 114
Richard of St Victor, Allegories in the Old and New Testaments
In long lines, 28 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded and ruled in lead and black ink.
Written in protogothic bookhand, perhaps more than a single hand. Punctuation by point and punctus elevatus.
Headings in red.
Alternating red and green arabesque capitals (a few in gold), typically 2- or 3-line at book divisions, 1-line at chapter heads.
A drawing, perhaps of a bird, in brown crayon, fol. 76 lower margin.
Dark brown leather over wood, s. xvi, with a stamped border, bearing Oldham’s roll HM.b (3) (no. 795, plate xlviii), when in isolation identifiable with the London binder ‘H.D.’ 1554 x 1576 (52).
In the centre of the board, the initials ‘RT’ (see Provenance below).
Sewn on three thongs.
Straps and clasps removed and their seatings on both upper and lower board repaired.
Gold ‘114’ at the head of the spine, in black ink on the leading edges.
Pastedowns old vellum, a College bookplate on the front pastedown.
At the front, one modern paper flyleaf; at the rear, a medieval vellum flyleaf (ii).
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Roberti Tiasi liber ex donatione Nicolai Lisardi Seruienti pictoris clementissimi principis Domine Elizabethe Anglie Regine Anno redemptionis nostre 1568’, above an elaborate RT monogram (fol. 122v). Nicholas Lyzarde (d. 1571) was indeed a royal sergeant-painter under four monarchs (see the brief entry in DNB); we have been unable to identity Tias.
‘Liber Guilielmi Laud Archiepiscopi Cant et Cancellarii Vniuersitatis Oxon’ 1639’ (fol. 1, lower margin).
The old shelfmark ‘No 14’ (fol. 1, upper margin).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-10: First online publication